Long Term Care Certificate for Direct Care Workers

Hands of nurse and woman holding walker in nursing home

This certificate for Direct Care Workers provides an overview of issues in aging and the main issues direct care workers face.

The certificate is designed to enhance clinical skills of direct care providers in long term care facilities, including front line workers, receptionists, and recreation facilitators. It also provides an avenue for healthcare providers to move into supervisory positions and/or to further their education towards advanced degrees.

Grades of C or higher must be earned in each certificate course.

  • HLT 102 Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease

    3 credits
  • HLT 103 Hospice & Palliative Care

    3 credits
  • HLT 105 Issues in Aging

    3 credits
  • HLT 108 Chronic Conditions

    3 credits

    12 credits

Outcomes & Pathways

Students who complete a certificate for Direct Care Workers should be able to:

  1. Define gerontology, geriatrics, aging, ageism, and the person-environment approach.
  2. Describe the major goals of hospice care, the members of the hospice team, and the roles of the nursing assistant or direct caregiver.
  3. Identify the anatomy and physiology of the brain.
  4. Describe the normal aging process and identify physiologic changes

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